I have a question on the following comment from Trey (from another unrelated thread):
>> All these numbers do not show your true status since CBCs do not show drug response.
>> WBC can be normal yet 100% leukemic cells, and the patient would be in very bad shape.
>> What do your FISH and/or PCR tests show? Without those test results you are going along blind.
I just started Gleevec one week ago and will be getting CBCs every Friday before my next appointment with the CML specialist at the Emory Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta (which is May 20). However, I'm getting these CBCs done at an oncologist's office, since it's a convenient location and the CML specialist suggested that I do that rather than make the longer trek to the cancer institute where he's based -- and they're faxing the data down to the "Mother Ship" in preparation for May 20th. I imagine that they won't do FISH & PCR until May 20th (at the earliest), but I don't know if the oncologist near me is examining my weekly blood samples for levels of CML cells. Should she be doing that?
So in short - about 6 weeks of CBCs, then (assuming) a FISH/PCR test at that initial milestone. Is this expected protocol, or should I be pinging the oncologist to see if she's examining the nature of the WBCs during this period?
Thanks all -